Finally found time to type up the Christmas Post!!!
As is our tradition, we attended the Family Christmas Eve service at our church. This year was extra special. For the "play," the 5th graders always read while the kindergarteners "act out" the parts.
This year, Emily's name was drawn to play the part of Mary. This was a dream come true for her - literally! When we got the letter from the church, I told her about it and asked if she wanted to put her name in the drawing carefully explaining that she might not get the part, but she would still be a beautiful angel. The next day, she told me she had a dream that she was Mary. She said that, in her dream, she was "in the front of the church with a blue thing on my head." Well . . . .
I know I am a little biased, but isn't she the cutest Mary you have ever seen?!?!?
Since she is in 5th grade, Rachel read scripture and Megan sang with the children's choir. I was so proud of all of them!!!! We came home and ate pizza. Then, as is our tradition, we gathered in front of the Christmas tree and read the Christmas story from the Bible one last time before heading off to bed so Santa could come!
Christmas morning, the kids got up to check out their gifts.
|Emily really wanted a violin. Santa found this toy one and Emily liked it but said she had really wanted a real one. When I explained that a real one was very difficult to play without lessons, she promptly asked, "Well, when can I get lessons??"|
|Megan's #1 request was this Baby Butterscotch horse.|
|Rachel didn't really ask for anything in particular this year. Santa and I decided that, being a budding scientist, she might enjoy a telescope. We were right!!!|
|Even Sophie got some treats in her stocking!|
Later that day, the Witherspoon family came over for a big Christmas lunch. The food was scrumptious, and, thanks to my talented sister in law, the tables were beautifully decorated.
|The next day, we headed off to celebrate Christmas with the Crisps - my side of the family. There, we had more food, more gifts, and most importantly, more family time!!|
Overall, our Christmas couldn't have been better. I tried very hard to really soak in the family time - it is so hard to come by these days - and we are so incredibly blessed! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday as well!!